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6 March 2010

Transport Minister views plans for £9 million A77 Burnside scheme

A £9 million scheme for the A77 at Burnside will bring significant benefits to Ayrshire and beyond Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said today.

The Minister was speaking at a public exhibition of the designs for the multi million pound scheme that coincides with the publication of the draft orders.

Mr Stevenson said ”Earlier this week the Scottish Government set out the actions being taken across the public sector to position Scotland’s economy for recovery and boost the long term performance of our economy. Part of that strategy is delivering transport infrastructure improvements like the A77 Burnside.

“By investing in our roads network we can encourage sustainable economic growth while contributing to safety improvements, reducing journey times and providing more overtaking opportunities.

“That is why I am delighted to see at first hand the designs for the A77 Burnside scheme which will bring real benefits to this vital trunk route that links our Scottish ports with the Central Belt.”

The £9 million improvement scheme, between Turnberry and Girvan in South Ayrshire, will see almost 2.5 miles of road realigned and widened to create new overtaking opportunities. The project, which forms part of the A77 Route Action Plan, will bring real safety benefits while improving overall journey time reliability.

The exhibition, hosted by the national transport agency and its operating company Amey, was well attended by members of the public over its two-day course (Friday 5 and Saturday 6 March). All information from the exhibition is available at http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/files/documents/projects/A77_Burnside_improvement_-_public_exhibitions_-_March_2010.pdf.

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